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Randy's Thought of the Day - 3/27/2013

Wednesday, 03.27.2013 / 1:15 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks Broadcaster / Great White Bites
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Randy\'s Thought of the Day - 3\/27\/2013

It’s impossible to know what stretch of the Sharks season will end up being the most important to their playoff hopes.  Maybe it was the 7 game winning streak at the beginning of the year that gave them a cushion?  Or it could come down to the final two games of the season on the road in Phoenix and LA.  But the next 4 home games against Anaheim, Detroit, Phoenix and Vancouver will certainly tell us a lot about where the team is heading and perhaps where some individual players are or are not heading.

The NHL trade deadline is a week from today.  As of this morning the Sharks are in a playoff spot, 8th in the West. If the next 4 games go well they’ll be in good shape at the deadline.  If things go sideways they could fall out of the top 8 in a hurry.

I’m not required to provide “keys to the game”.  That duty is left for far more advanced hockey minds than mine. (Remenda, Baker, Hedican, Brown)  But these are MY Great White Bites, so here are my keys to victory tonight against Anaheim.

Urgency and focus.

It was great that the Sharks broke out against Anaheim Monday and scored 5 goals. But it’s hardly time to start feeling comfortable.  I’m guessing the Ducks are going to be in a snarly mood tonight and the Sharks have to match that with urgency from the first drop of the puck.

And then there’s the issue of focus.  When things have gone bad for the Sharks it’s usually been a loss of focus/composure over a 2 or 3-minute stretch that sees the game get away from them.  They overcame some adversity within that game Monday and settled down to close it out.  That needs to happen again tonight.

I’m Randy Hahn.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 63 41 15 7 191 151 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 62 40 18 4 192 153 84
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 63 30 25 8 175 181 68
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 63 31 26 12 57
L. Couture 63 21 32 0 53
J. Thornton 59 12 40 -2 52
B. Burns 63 16 30 -4 46
P. Marleau 63 14 31 -16 45
T. Wingels 56 13 15 -5 28
T. Hertl 63 10 14 -3 24
J. Braun 52 1 19 2 20
M. Vlasic 58 7 11 10 18
M. Nieto 53 4 13 -10 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 24 17 7 .912 2.62
A. Stalock 5 7 1 .899 2.85
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